Map of Croatia Coastal Cruising: Dubrovnik to Split (Aurora) including Bosnia And Herzegovina and Croatia

Discover the glittering Dalmatian coast aboard the Aurora on this 8-day cruising adventure from Dubrovnik to Split

Croatia’s Dalmatian coast is home to plenty of impressive beaches – we’re talking the official second cleanest in Europe. Imagine the sun warming you while you lean over the side of a boat – just peacefully watching the clear water wash against limestone cliffs and pebbly shores as you pass on by. This eight day cruise offers plenty of that idle relaxation, broken up with exciting activities like a river cruise and a walk to the waterfalls of the the Krka National Park or expeditions like a winery trip near romantic Korcula to for those who find relaxation at the bottom of a wine glass. Get a taste of what the Dalmatian Coast has to offer on this exciting and varied cruise adventure.


Start
Dubrovnik, Croatia
Finish
Split, Croatia
Destinations
Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia
Style
Comfort
Theme
Adventure Cruising
Code
ZSDS
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 36

Why you'll love this trip

  • Board a traditional vessel and sail up along the spectacular Neretva River, inland from Opuzen.

  • The trip includes an excursion to Krka National Park, where you’ll get to see stunning waterfalls and secluded pools. Its a magical part of Croatia.

  • If you’re worried about long cruise days, this itinerary is a good choice. There are plenty of excursions, short walks and port stops, and the distance between islands is short.

  • While large cruise liners have to moor out at sea and commute into shore via tender, we drop anchor in the middle of port towns like Hvar or Korcula. You can hop on or off the boat as you please.

  • There’s nothing like diving into the aquamarine waters of the Dalmatian Coast. Weather permitting, our captain will be stopping the ship for regular swim breaks during the trip.

  • This itinerary includes a special detour to Mostar, in Bosnia and Herzegovina. It’s not a stop featured on many Croatian coastal tours. You’ll see the town’s iconic bridge and have the chance to watch a coffee demonstration followed by a sample of this well-loved brew.

Is this trip right for you?

  • This is a small ship adventure cruise, which means you’ll be sailing on a yacht with up to 35 other people. The boat is spacious and comfortable, but it focuses more on the destination than on-board activities. Instead of a pool, we have the sea itself. Instead of a casino, we’ve got board games and a good book. There’s also no formal dress code to worry about. Wi-Fi is available onboard.

  • Our ship moves under engine power, rather than sailing, so all cabins will experience light engine noise when the ship is moving (and occasionally when we drop anchor). It’s probably worth packing earplugs if you’re a light sleeper.

  • Unlike other ships that cruise through the night, we’ll spend our evenings docked at port. This will give you more time to dine ashore and enjoy those balmy Croatian evenings. Cruising will mostly take place during the day.

  • Onshore activities and excursions will involve a bit of walking. You’ll be visiting ancient sites and historical places, and at times you may have to cross cobbled streets and uneven ground, sometimes in hot conditions. If you have any concerns, please speak to your group leader before taking part.

  • If you’re concerned about seasickness, there are seasickness tablets on-board. The ship will experience some roll and pitch in choppy conditions, however all of our ships come equipped with stabilisers to minimise movement. Most of our departures run in peak season, when the seas are calmer. Your crew will do all they can to minimise any discomfort.

  • There are no lifts (elevators) on-board our ships, so you’ll have to navigate a few steep flights of stairs. Handrails are always available.

Boats

Peregrine Dalmatia on a tour

Peregrine Dalmatia

Discover the Dalmatian Coast aboard this cosy motor yacht, tailor-made for the ideal Croatian adventure.

M/S Aurora boat sailing

M/S Aurora

Explore Croatia and soak up the sun aboard a motor yacht with a purpose-built swimming platform that makes the most of the sparkling Adriatic Sea.

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 Jan 2023 to 31 Dec 2023.
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Zdravo and welcome to Croatia. Lovely Dubrovnik features the terracotta rooves, ancient cliff-forged walls and crystal coasts that many people associate with Dalmatia. Your adventure begins this evening at 5 pm, when you will be welcomed aboard the Aurora and introduced to your crew and fellow travellers. Enjoy a drink and get to know each other before your first dinner on the ship this evening. Later, perhaps relax with a glass of wine on the deck and take in the incredible sight of waves lapping at rugged cliffs.
Accommodation
  • M/S Aurora (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
Meals Included
  • Dinner
Special Information
A complimentary arrival transfer is included from Dubrovnik Airport to the Port of Dubrovnik on day one of this trip or from the airport to the hotel if you have booked pre tour accommodation with us. Please provide your flight details at least 14 days prior to arrival so as we can organise this transfer for you.
Bags can be dropped off at the ship from noon. Feel free to explore Dubrovnik at your leisure until boarding commences at 5pm.
After breakfast set sail for Korcula, the birthplace of Marco Polo, with lunch on board and if time permits, a quick swim stop en route. In the afternoon, embark on an orientation walk before enjoying an evening to explore at your own pace. If you're hungry, your leader can assist with dinner recommendations.
Accommodation
  • M/S Aurora (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Korcula orientation walk
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Special Information
Sailing time between Dubrovnik and Korcula is approximately 6hrs,
depending on the conditions
Depart for Opuzen, enjoying breakfast on board and a mid-morning swim stop in beautiful clear turquoise waters near the small island of Badija, then continue on to Trpanj. Transfer to Matusko winery for a tour of the vineyard and a tasting, before returning to the ship and sailing up the River Neretva to Opuzen. Tonight, enjoy a deck BBQ on the Aurora.
Accommodation
  • M/S Aurora (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Trpanj - Matusko winery visit and tasting
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
An early start this morning to make our way to Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina by minibus. Take a guided walk through the town, visiting a local coffee shop where you will see how the Bosnian coffee is made and have a taste of it, afterwards and enjoy some free time to explore the town and have lunch at your leisure. Return to Opuzen in the early afternoon when we will jump into small wooden boats for a leisurely cruise through the surrounding wetlands (with local snacks and music on board). End up at a beautiful local restaurant overlooking the water for Peka veal and other local dishes. Board the boats to return to Opuzen. You may want to venture out to one of the friendly bars around the town square to meet the locals over a beer or two.
Accommodation
  • M/S Aurora (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Opuzen - Neretva river photo safari boat tour
  • Mostar - Guided Tour with Coffee Experience
Optional Activities
  • Mostar - Koski Mehmed Pasa Mosque - BAM6
  • Mostar - Old Bridge Museum - BAM10
  • Mostar - War Photo Exhibition - BAM6
  • Mostar - Koski Mehmed Pasa Mosque & Minaret - BAM12
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Sail into Jelsa on the island of Hvar and take a private transfer to a local farm for local produce tasting and a walk through the nearby lavender fields, then drive to Hvar town. Explore on a walk with your leader before continuing on to Starigrad in the evening.
Accommodation
  • M/S Aurora (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Havar - Lavender and Honey Tour
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Spend the morning sailing, arriving in Split in the early afternoon. You will meet a local guide who will take you on a walk around Split, then the afternoon is yours to enjoy some free time to explore the beautiful lane ways and squares of the old city.
Accommodation
  • M/S Aurora (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Split Guided Tour
Optional Activities
  • Split - Gallery of Fine Arts - HRK40
  • Split - City Museum - HRK22
  • Split - Diocletian's Palace - HRK42
  • Split - Cathedral & Tower - HRK45
  • Split - Dalmatian Wine and Dine Urban Adventure - EUR100
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Special Information
Sailing times between Hvar and Split are approximately 5.5hrs,
depending on the conditions.
After a leisurely breakfast on board, head out with some more time to explore the Split’s old city. After lunch, return to the boat ready to take your private bus transfer to Krka National Park. Here you will board a smaller boat for some cruising and exploring within the park. The park spans two thirds of the Krka River, and some 142 square kilometres. You visit some of the gorgeous waterfalls for which this park is renowned. Afterwards, return by bus to Split, in time for a captain's dinner for your evening repast.
Accommodation
  • M/S Aurora (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Krka National Park waterfalls
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Special Information
The wooden jetties and walkways in Krka National Park can be quite slippery. Do ensure take care, ensuring your footwear has a resonable grip, and the stunning scenery will be well worth it.
Your small ship adventure cruise along the Dalmatian coast ends after breakfast this morning. Should you require a transfer to Split international airport, please enquire with your Travel Consultant prior to travel or your Tour Leader during your trip.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners

Transport

Small cruise ship, Boat, Minibus

Accommodation

Small cruise ship (7 nights)

Included activities

  • Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
  • Korcula orientation walk
  • Trpanj - Matusko winery visit and tasting
  • Opuzen - Neretva river photo safari boat tour
  • Mostar - Guided Tour with Coffee Experience
  • Havar - Lavender and Honey Tour
  • Split Guided Tour
  • Krka National Park waterfalls

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Important notes

Travellers on Intrepid trips are required to produce proof of full vaccination against COVID-19. Read details here.

In 2023 this trip will be onboard the M/S Aurora. It has 18 cabins with private ensuites and can accommodate up to 36 customers

COMPLIMENTARY ARRIVAL TRANSFER
A complimentary arrival transfer is included from Dubrovnik Airport to the Port of Dubrovnik on day one of this trip or from the airport to the hotel if you have booked pre tour accommodation with us. Please provide your flight details at least 14 days prior to arrival so as we can organise this transfer for you.

PASSPORT DETAILS
Please provide your passport details at time of booking. It is essential we receive these details at least 14 days prior to departure as we must provide them to the Port authorities in order to comply with Maritime regulations.

SINGLE TRAVELLERS
Single travellers will share a twin a room with another traveller of the same gender. If you’d prefer not to share, a single cabin supplement is available at an additional charge. A single passenger cannot be booked or confirmed in a double cabin unless a single supplement is paid.

FELLOW TRAVELLERS
Your group will be a mixture of fellow passengers from all corners of the world who will be internationally like-minded and enjoy travel.

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